Required MaterialsBlank paper
Copies of blackline master
Dried linguine pasta
We specified linguine since it is flatter and less likely to roll around than spaghetti.
Fruits or vegetables
For grade 6: tracing paper, graph paper, colored pencils, scissors, and an index card to use as a straightedge or to mark right angles.
For grades 7 and 8: everything in grade 6, plus a ruler and protractor. Clear protractors with no holes and with radial lines printed on them are recommended.
Notes: (1) "Tracing paper" is easiest to use when it's a smaller size. Commercially-available "patty paper" is 5 inches by 5 inches and ideal for this. If using larger sheets of tracing paper, consider cutting them down for student use. (2) When compasses are required in grades 6-8 they are listed as a separate Required Material.
Isometric graph paper
Materials assembled from the blackline master
Metal paper fasteners
Metric and customary unit conversion charts
Pre-printed cards, cut from copies of the blackline master
Pre-printed slips, cut from copies of the blackline master
Clear protractors with no holes and with radial lines printed on them are recommended.
Rulers marked with centimeters
Rulers marked with inches
A rigid edge that can be used for drawing line segments. Sometimes a ruler is okay to use as a straightedge, but sometimes it is preferable to use an unruled straightedge, like a blank index card.
Tools for creating a visual display
Any way for students to create work that can be easily displayed to the class. Examples: chart paper and markers, whiteboard space and markers, shared online drawing tool, access to a document camera.
Bundles of "patty paper" are available commercially for a very low cost. These are small sheets (about 5" by 5") of transparent paper.